Saying you want to go on vacation and going on vacation are two separate things. One implies a wish/desire; the other is an action.
Do you just wish to go on vacation or do you?
· Set up a budget?
· Review your choices/destinations?
· Plan what to do and what to see?
· Make the arrangements?
I am sure you do these and more.
You don’t know for sure if vacation will happen planned as you don’t know what can happen from this moment till the time of vacation. However you commit your energy and focus toward this goal because you can visualize it and are certain of what you want, which is to go on “vacation”. You don’t just wish for it; you make it a reality.
This same process is what you need to follow with all your goals. Don’t just think it, work at it. Bring it from the fantasy world to the physical world.